K-State soccer, fresh off an exhibition victory over UMKC last weekend, looks to continue their hot start into their second season in Corvallis, Oregon as the Cats head to the Pacific Northwest to take on the Oregon State Beavers in games one of their second official season this Friday. Game two will take place 45 miles south in Eugene, where the Cats will take on the Oregon Ducks. Oregon State and Oregon were picked to finish 12th and 10th (respectively) in the PAC-12 preseason coaches poll, so are on the same expectation level as the Cats (who were picked last in the preseason Big 12 coaches poll).
Wildcat sophomore defensive tackle Trey Dishon is ready to make a bigger impact in his second season after his outstanding freshman campaign (Corbitt, C-J). The Horton, KS native only had 18 tackles with four tackles for loss and three sacks on his way to earning second-team Big 12 All-Freshman honors from Athlon, and was the first freshman to start on the interior line for Bill Snyder since 2005.
While not football-only, K-State has announced a partnership with ReplyBuy, a “messaging-enabled commerce [platform] that provides businesses with a unique combination of instant buyer engagement, artificial intelligence, analytics and payments.” Starting this season, Wildcat fans will have near-instant access to ticket purchasing, as those wishing to purchase tickets can now buy via text-message and will then receive the tickets directly to their phone (that can be scanned at the gate).
K-State and the Kansas Leadership Center have announced a jointly funded research partnership between the Center and K-State’s Staley School of Leadership Studies to advance the field of leadership development and foster innovation in how leadership is exercised across Kansas and beyond (Dylan Lysen, Manhattan Mercury).